The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE) is updating existing electricity support schemes supported by the Public Service Obligation (PSO) Levy (primarily for renewable energy). This updating is necessary as some of the key concepts and parameters which underlie the PSO schemes are being replaced by the new wholesale electricity market design which is due to come into effect from October 2018.
In May 2017, DCCAE published an information paper (the Options Paper) which outlined a number of options being considered as part of this decision making process and set out the Department's emerging thinking on the optimal outcome. Following extensive consultation with industry, the Department published a Proposed Decision on adapting the Electricity Support Schemes to the I-SEM in November 2017.
The Department received 20 responses to the Consultation and the non-confidential responses have been published here.
This decision paper is the Department's final decision on this matter and following the publication of this decision, the Department will notify / inform the European Commission as appropriate of these changes to the market revenue calculations in line with State Aid rules and the existing notifications for the relevant schemes. The Department reserves the right to periodically review the impact of this Decision.